MAPS Psychedelic Science Summit Panel: Service Members & Family Share Experiences with Psychedelics

PANEL: Service Members & Family Share Experiences with Psychedelics

Psychedelic Science Summit: Austin, Texas (November 1-3, 2019)

Speakers: SGT(R) Jonathan Lubecky, Amber Capone, Marcus Capone, Ian Benouis (Moderator)

Given the PTSD and suicide epidemic within the military and veteran communities, nothing should be left off the table in terms of treatment options. All potential options should be considered. Hear from veterans who have benefited from the therapeutic uses of psychedelics. Hear from voices of Veterans and veterans wife about how their lives were transformed through the careful use of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Sgt. Lubecky graduated from the Citadel in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. He served in both the Marine Corps and the Army from 1995 to 2009, with a four-year hiatus from 1999 to 2003. Throughout his service in both branches, he was deployed in active combat zones.

This interview gives unique insight into both Sgt. Lubecky’s service and the post traumatic stress disorder he lives with. Sgt. Lubecky’s battles with PTSD inspired him to become involved with Veterans Affairs and in politics as an active lobbyist for Veterans.

Amber Capone has a history of fixing, building, and tenaciously seeking solutions to complex challenges. She is now embarking on her most critical work yet, serving as Co-Founder and Executive Director of VETS.

As her own personal and professional life began to unravel upon Marcus’s separation from the military, she became determined not to become a victim, but to pursue victory for her own family, as well as countless others who are suffering. Amber possesses a heart for serving others, and a steadfast determination to make a difference.

Marcus Capone is an entrepreneur and former Navy SEAL who spent a sizable portion of his 13-year military career deployed to a war zone. After Marcus’s transformational experience with Entheogenic medicines, he felt compelled to immediately begin helping friends who were also experiencing the same post-war challenges.

Marcus has been involved with several start-up companies since leaving the military, and is the Co-Founder and Chairman of his charity, VETS: Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, Inc. VETS provides resources, research, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for U.S. combat veterans and their families. He is currently finishing his MBA at USC Marshall School of Business.

Ian Benouis, J.D., is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and former U.S. Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama, the biggest operation in history directed towards the War on Drugs. Ian has been healing himself for over 25 years with natural earth medicines and a spiritual practice. He is a student and practitioner of ethnobotany.

Ian has organized and participated in numerous trips with veterans to Mexico, Peru, and other locations for ethnobotanical healing. This work has been captured in documentaries including: the just released “From Shock to Awe” and “Soldiers of the Vine.” Veterans for Natural Rights (VNR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to veteran healing and reintegration.

Learn more: https://psychedelicscience.org

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About Ian Benouis

Ian Benouis is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, former US Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama.  This operation was the largest combat operation in US history focused directly on the War on Drugs and was the largest special operations deployment ever conducted. He was a pilot-in-command and his aviation brigade flew more night vision goggle hours than any unit in the military except for the Task Force 160 Special Operations which his unit was ultimately rolled up into when the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California military base was shut down. Ian grew up in Hawaii in the 1970’s where cannabis was decriminalized and fully integrated in to the culture.  He has been healing himself of trauma for over 25 years with sacred plants, a spiritual practice, and being a student and practitioner of ethnobotany.  Ian was a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer after he got out of the Army witnessing firsthand the meteoric rise of the SSRI’s and synthetic opioids in the early 1990's. He is a casualty of the drug war having been busted for a friend’s cannabis while in law school.  Ian is an intellectual property attorney who has been working in the corporate world for over 20 years in the primary roles of VP of Sales and Marketing and General Counsel.  He is a political activist in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space nationally and locally in Texas.  Ian was previously the Chairman of the Board for a public policy foundation in Texas for over seven years. Ian was featured in the Spike Jonze produced episode Stoned Vets on Weediquette the cannabis focused series on Viceland on HBO with a number of other veterans protesting the VA’s policy on medical cannabis and trying to end the veteran suicide epidemic. In 2016 Ian organized a trip for six veterans with PTSD to Peru in May for a 10-day plant diet including ayahuasca and other plant medicines with three Shipibo trained shaman brothers that are third generation plant medicine healers.  Ian also took some of the same veterans to Mexico for treatment with iboga and 5-Meo-DMT.  This experience was captured on video and was released as a documentary in March 2017 entitled Soldiers of the Vine. He is member of the team supporting the movie From Shock to Awe a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA and cannabis.  This movie premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ on June 2, 2018 where it captured the inaugural Mangurama Award for Conscious Documentary Storytelling.